Post colonial appropriation:
Roberto Fernandez Retamar (Cuba): Caliban (post-colonial interpretation of Shakespeare's The Tempest.)
Dorfman and Mattelart (Chile): How to read Donald Duck
Expediency of Culture by Yudice
Isso não é um deserto (This is not a desert)
This video is the result of different sessions of documenting surveilled public space - or area's that function as public space. In locations like shopping mall Hoog Catharijne, and airport Schiphol, it delves into the difficulty of looking back at camera's. After an initial period of winking at surveillance camera's, I started making pictures of them. This somehow baffled surveilling authorities, more or less aggressively. At times it was difficult to overcome an antagonistic stance, and to depart from the biblical "an eye for an eye". But as it happened a good question was asked, "What is it that we are doing here, sir?"
Filming in Public was shot in subway station Blijdorp in Rotterdam. The sounds were recorded in situ, using a wire coil to record electromagnetic fields.
Filming in Public
This video essay investigates the explosive urban expansion of São Paulo through its pinpoint hiatuses. Small wastelands can be found in-between expensive high-rises, which have been abandoned for many years. All buildings have been pulverized to gravel, which leaves the ground bare and a tall fence keeps potential users at bay. This desertification can be read as a way to destroy all memories connected to an urban location and to create false pristine land, which can be re-colonized and re-capitalized. In this movie residents living around such an urban wasteland are asked what they remember of that specific location in order to reactivate those memories and, if it really was pristine land, how would they imagine the city otherwise.
Isso não é um deserto is a virtual discussion about how we want to live together, it is a collection of voices that in reality have not yet found each other in dialogue.
The town of Nagele is built on the bottom of the sea, in order to expand agricultural lands in the Netherlands, during and after WWII. One of ten drawing-table villages in the Noordoostpolder, Nagele's urban design was given to modernist achitect group "De Acht." They surrounded the village with woods, to brake the sweeping winds, and give a sense of perspective and scale, to the human eye. Horizonnen (horizons) looks outwards from that windbreaker into the man-made landscape, unfolding like a theatrical backdrop.
A video experiment using touch and proprioception.